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For the collectors, gallerists and celebrities who had been at Art Basel Miami Beach since Tuesday, the weekend was less about art and more about the action. After partying all night at Le Baron nightclub in the Delano, the art set woke up for the beaucoup de brunches along the Collins Avenue, where they were whispering about dealer Ann Friedman selling forged artwork and collector Adam Lindemann’s not-so-complete boycott of Art Basel. And for all the complaining about corporate sponsorships taking over the main fair and its surroundings, many of the pop-up shops were just as creative as the artwork itself. The Havaianas Brazilian graffiti installation, Fendi's Craft Alchemy, Veuve Clicquot’s golden airstream and Ruinart’s Gideon Rubin display all had more viewers at a given time than many of the gallery booths. Perhaps this started to frustrate dealers, who reacted to the glut of tourists near their walls. When a collector brushed against a Peter Halley painting in Mary Boone’s booth, she tried to kick him out. “You are out of your mind,” the collector replied. To which she answered, “No, this is my gallery and I want you out!” Michelle Rosenfeld, a Madison Avenue art dealer who happened to be in the booth at the time, advised the collector, “Don’t argue.” Here's what was happening elsewhere.

10. Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, moderated a panel with collectors Carlos de la Cruz, Dennis Scholl, Martin Margulies and Irma and Norman Braman at Art Basel Miami Beach.

9. Hakkasan’s dim sum brunch at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in partnership with Zagat guides.

8. Final day of Gideon Rubin’s exhibition at the Ruinart area of the Collector’s Lounge. The installation of 21 cardboard faceless portraits of the Ruinart family over the years was Rubin’s first commission. “If they don’t have facial features, it makes it actually harder to paint,” Rubin says. “You still have to give them weight of being human but with the folds of the clothes and the shape of the body.”

7. The Basel Castle installation was a conceptual mini-festival of contemporary artists, musicians and games, sponsored by Popchips.

6. Leo Fitzpatrick, Luis Gispert and Tim Barber displayed new releases published by OHWOW at a book-signing event in the Design District.

5. The Standard and Le Baron nightclub hosted the annual Lazy Sunday BBQ at the hotel.

4. MAC hosted a dinner for socialite Daphne Guinness’s new cosmetics line at Soho Beach House.

3. SPiN Galactic and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, held a ping-pong tournament at the Standard.

2. MoMA P.S. 1 hosted sunset cocktails at the Mondrian Hotel honoring Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin.

1. CAN’T MISS: Thomas Collins, director of the Miami Art Museum and the Lisson Gallery screened Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary about the Chinese artist. The screening took place at The Fontainebleau, underneath Weiwei's Miami Chandeliers installation. It was the first feature film about the artist-activist who, after publicly calling the 2008 Olympic Games political propagand,a has become one of most controversial critics of the Chinese government.


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